Edfort Reaches Round Of 16 At The 86th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
Bandon, Ore. - Competing in the 86th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, sophomore Alex Edfort reached the round of 16 in match play before bowing out of the tournament. The prestigious event has been a combination of both stroke play and match play from June 27 - July 2 where amateurs from across the nation and the world compete against one another.
One of the final 16 players left in match play from a start of 64, Edfort entered the tournament play as the No. 3 seed after finishing the two round stroke play qualifying five strokes back of the first place. Out of 155 players to begin the tournament in stroke play, Edfort finished tied for third after posting a +2, including firing one of just 19 rounds under par when he shot an impressive 68 in round two to shoot up the leaderboard.
In match play, Edfort won his first two match ups with identical 4 & 3 scores to advance to the round of 16. Looking to be one of the final eight players standing, Edfort suffered a tough 4 & 3 loss to Derek Ernst out of Clovis, Calif. and a junior at UNLV. Ernst last season was named to the Golf Coaches Association of America All-West Region team for the second consecutive season after leading the Rebels in rounds played (41), scoring average (71.93), top-20 finishes (11), top-10 finishes (8) and top-five finishes (3).
For Edfort, the soon-to-be junior for the Tigers will take his summer tournament experience into the 2011-12 season when he will be expected to lead Pacific from the No. 1 position. Last season, Edfort earned All-Big West honorable mention honors after playing some of his best golf as the year wore on to help Pacific post seven straight top-four finishes. Edfort ended the regular season with five top-20 finishes and two top-10 finishes including a runner-up finish at the PING Cougar Classic. Edfort narrowly missed out on taking home the tournament championship as he finished one off the pace after being edged out by a career-performance in the final round by the eventual tournament champion.